Cynthia NicoleAge 32
9 Jan 2009
Tegucigalpa, Distrito Central (Honduras)
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Cynthia was a transgender rights activist. She was shot three times in the chest and once in the head in a drive by shooting.
The violent murder of a prominent transgender rights activist in Honduras has left the transgender community stunned and terrified.
Cynthia Nicole, a prominent transgender rights activist, was fatally wounded by three shots in the chest and one in the head in a violent drive-by shooting in the district of Barrio Guaserique in Comayaguela during the early hours of January 9.
Her death comes on the heels of two additional killings against transgender sex workers in the Central American country. Yasmin was attacked and killed on November 20, and Noelia was stabbed to death on December 17.
Human Rights Watch, a group dedicated to defending the rights of racial, economic and sexual minorities around the world, is calling on Honduran authorities to fully investigate these murders.
Nicole, 32, was a transgender rights leader who worked as a spokesperson for the transgender rights organization Colectivo Violeta. She provided information about HIV/AIDS and human rights, and often represented the community in the media, according to Human Rights Watch.
“Cynthia Nicole fought tirelessly to secure basic rights protections for trangender sex workers,” Cano said in a statement.
“The transgender community is terrified,” said Indyra Mendoza, who heads Cattrachas, a lesbian and feminist organization. “But these attacks will not silence the community in Honduras, and we will continue to work to ensure that the rights of transgender people are recognized and protected.”
“The authorities need to find and prosecute the perpetrators of this and previous attacks against the trans community,” Cano said.
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